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A Rare Thirteenth Century History of the Seljuqs


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This article appeared in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (1902) pp. 567-610 and 849-887. It is a translation and sometimes summary of the text of a rare or unique Persian manuscript which presents a history of the Seljuqs from the beginning of the dynasty down to the author's own time, around 1197. It was written in the year 1202-3. The manuscript itself is also 13th century, dated A.H. 635 (A.D. 1238). Based on oral traditions and state archives, it includes invaluable historical and anecdotal information about the Seljuq dynasty, and concludes with a variety of unusual entries on topics such as the different forms of chess, the ethics of wine-drinking, various sports notably riding and archery, the principles of writing, calligraphy, the keeping of state accounts, etc. The author was a strong Sunni. Translation and commentary by the renowned Iranist E. G. Browne. Book digitized by Google, article extracted and uploaded by user Robert Bedrosian.


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